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One Chinese city built more skyscrapers in 2016 than the entire U.S.

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Shenzhen’s building boom shows China’s dominance in a record-breaking year for tall towers

Gateway Tower
Gateway Tower Complex in Doha, Qatar (659 feet tall)

Skyscraper construction saw another year of superlatives in 2016, according to the latest annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. An unprecedented 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or more (656 feet) were completed around the globe last year (some of which are pictured in this article), a new record that comes on the heels of two previous record-setting years. Since 2000, 903 such buildings have been constructed, a 441 percent increase.

And, no surprise, China is the world leader by a wide margin, with 84 percent of the total stock of new, 200-meter-plus structures going up in that country, including the 111-floor Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. The city of Shenzhen saw 11 of these towers completed last year. For comparison, seven such structures were built in the entire United States in 2016.

Tallest buildings completed in 2016 worldwide by height
Quite the lineup; the year’s tallest buildings

China’s stupendous building boom, linked directly to the country’s rapid urbanization over the last two decades, may appear to be waning, especially given recent economic performance. But according to CTBUH figures, that’s more of a long-term issue for the architecture and construction industry. Currently, 328 buildings in that height range are under construction across the country. For those keeping an eye skyward, 2017 promises to be just as busy; CTBUH expects 12 to 20 supertalls (buildings more than 300 meters tall) to finish in Asia and the Middle East next year.

30 Park Place in New York City
30 Park Place in New York City by Robert A.M. Stern (926 feet tall)
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Emirates Pearl Hotel
Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (840 feet tall)
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GamaTower in Jakarta, Indonesia (937 feet tall)
Gt Land Landmark
GT Land Landmark in Guangzhou, China (928 feet tall)
Woods Bagot
Guangzhou CTF
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in Guangzhou, China (1,739 feet tall)
K11- New World Development
Kingold Group Zhujiang New Town
Kingold Group Zhujiang New Town in Guangzhou, China (748 feet tall)
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MahaNakhon in Bangkok, Thailand (1,031 feet tall)
PACE Development
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Nanjing Financial City Tower in Nanjing, China (656 feet tall)
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Ningbo Bank of China
Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters in Zhejiang Sheng, China (807 feet tall)
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Oasia Downtown
Oasia Downtown Hotel in Singapore (667 feet tall)
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Shangri-La at the Fort
Shangri-La at the Fort in Manila, Philippines (752 feet tall)
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Shenzhen CFC Changfu Centre in Shenzhen, China
Shenzhen CFC Changfu Centre in Shenzhen, China (998 feet tall)
Cheng Chen
The Tower
The Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia (695 feet tall)
Davy Sukamta & Partners
Torre Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico
Torre Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico (807 feet tall)
Alfonso Merchand
Warsaw Spire
Warsaw Spire in Warsaw, Poland (722 feet tall)
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